Obituary: Betsey Hall Carrow

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 6:35pm

Betsey Hall Carrow passed away peacefully on October 17, 2012 in Haddam, Connecticut. She was one month shy of her 98th birthday.

Betsey was born in 1914 and raised on a farm in Upton, Massachusetts, along with three sisters and two brothers. She attended Tufts University and Framingham State University, graduating in 1938 with a degree in home economics. She taught at high schools in New England before her marriage to Milton Carrow in 1940.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s she spent many wonderful summers with her husband and five children in a house on Corn Neck Road. As part of the Block Island community she worked as a volunteer for the Block Island Residents’ Association and also helped to found the Block Island Club. She also painted, and participated in a number of summer theater productions.

Her permanent residence at that time was in Rockland County, New York. In the 1960s she moved with her family to Weston, Connecticut. In addition to community work and volunteering, she pursued a Masters in Fine Arts at Columbia Teachers College in New York City. She was also an accomplished cook, seamstress and interior decorator as well as a wonderful raconteur and the life of the party.

Always a free spirit, later in life she went back to teaching and also lived in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Taos, New Mexico, where she continued to paint. She moved back to the East Coast in 2003 to be near family members.

Betsey leaves behind four surviving children: Emily Carrow of Higganum, Connecticut; David Carrow of Millville, New Jersey; James Carrow of Portland, Oregon; and Deborah Glik of Los Angeles, California. A son, Thomas Carrow, is deceased. She also leaves behind four grandchildren, Tobias and Bram Glik, and Olivia and Spencer Carrow. She was very much loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

Betsey will be laid to rest alongside her family in Upton, Massachusetts. There will be a graveside service and memorial celebration for family and friends in the spring.

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